Special family day at Ryecroft Hall

A SPECIAL family day was held at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Above, Georgie Edwards, Holley Brown and Tom Byrne from the Scallywags Theatre Company

It was arranged by Tameside Local History Forum, Tameside Council’s arts and engagement team and the Friends of Ryecroft Hall.

The family day of themed activities was aimed at telling the Peterloo story to youngsters in a fun yet educational way.

The Scallywages Theatre Company, for example, put on a pop-up performance ‘Yes, No, May Be So!’

Tom Byrne, from Scallywags, said: “Our show was about getting young people interested in the concept of expressing opinions and voting.

“It was also about the idea of protest and engagement and the processes involved using the 200th anniversary of Peterloo as an example.”

There was also an informative history talk from Jonathan Schofield about Peterloo and its local links.Youngsters were also able to have their photos taken in dress from 200 years ago and then superimposed on a choice of five historic backdrops with images supplied by Tameside Local Studies and Archives as well as creating their own Peterloo T-shirts.

There was also a Peterloo Trail set up in Ryecroft Hall while the volunteers from the Friends of Ryecroft Hall served refreshments.

Councillor Leanne Feeley, the executive cabinet member responsible for lifelong learning, said:

“Tameside Local History Forum, a fantastic group of volunteers, came up with the idea and delivered it.“I was happy to support the project and contribute funds towards what was a great day.

“With so many activities across Manchester, it was great Tameside delivered a project because of its links with Peterloo.”

Civic Mayor Cllr Leigh Drennan and Cllr Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council’s executive leader, also attended.

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